Reforms critical to Kyrgyzstan's stability: OSCE chairman

16:59, March 04, 2011      

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Further reforms are critical to stability in southern Kyrgyzstan as the situation in the volatile region is "not optimistic," chief of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said Thursday.

"I met with government officials, political parties and civil societies in Osh city and Bishkek, but I do not feel optimistic," said Audronius Azubalis, who is also Lithuanian foreign minister.

"Kyrgyzstan's efforts to restore stability after last year's tragic events are commendable, I encourage the government to continue reforms, particularly ahead of the forthcoming presidential election," he said.

The inter-ethnic conflict between the Kyrgyz and Uzbek communities in southern Kyrgyzstan in last June left 435 people dead and nearly 2,500 others injured.

"We must address acute security concerns, including threats to border security. But ensuring long-term security in the country also requires reform of the police and judiciary, policies to promote economic stability and respect for the rights of all members of society," Azubalis said.

"It is essential to strengthen dialogue between the ethnic communities. The OSCE supports Kyrgyzstan in meeting these challenges, in particular ready to support a national consultative mechanism on police reform and criminal justice." he concluded.

Source: Xinhua

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